Configuring a VRF instance

Do the following to configure a VRF instance.

A device can be configured with more than one VRF instance. You should define each VRF instance before assigning the VRF to a Layer 3 interface. The range of the instance name is from 1 through 255 alphanumeric characters. Each VRF instance is identified by a unique Route Distinguisher (RD), which is prepended to the address being advertised. Because the RD provides overlapping client address space with a unique identifier, the same IP address can be used for different VRFs without conflict. The RD can be an AS number, followed by a colon (:) and a unique arbitrary number as shown below. Alternatively, it can be a local IP address followed by a colon (:) and a unique arbitrary number, as in "" An optional router ID can also be assigned.

Use the address-family command in VRF configuration mode to specify an IPv4 or IPv6 address family. For a specific address family you can also configure static route, static ARP, IGMP, and multicast for IPv4, and static route, IPv6 neighbor, and multicast for IPv6.

Using the overwrite option while downloading a configuration from a TFTP server to the running-config will lead to the loss of all VRF configurations when a VRF is configured on a routing interface.
  1. Create a VRF instance.
    device(config)# vrf corporate
  2. Assign a Route Distinguisher (RD).
    device(config-vrf-corporate)# rd 11:11
  3. (Optional) Assign a router ID.
    device(config-vrf-corporate)# ip router-id
  4. Use the address-family unicast (VRF) command to configure an address family on the VRF and exit. This example uses IPv4.
    device(config-vrf-corporate)# address-family ipv4 unicast
    device(config-vrf-corporate-ipv4)# exit 
  5. Verify the configuration.
    device(config-vrf-corporate)# show vrf
    Total number of VRFs configured: 2
    Status Codes - A:active, D:pending deletion, I:inactive
    Name                 Default RD          vrf|v4|v6 Routes Interfaces
    corporate            11:11               A  | A| I      0
    guest                10:10               A  | A| I      0
    Total number of IPv4 unicast route for all non-default VRF is 0
    Total number of IPv6 unicast route for all non-default VRF is 0